Use These 8 Apps to Watch Live TV on Android and Keep Up on Your Shows

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Are you tired of watching Fox news all day long?

Are you baffled by the high subscription price of HBO?

Or your family is not sharing the Netflix password with you?

You’ve come to the right place. I’m your everyday, run of the mill cheap guy and I’ll be your guide in the journey of never paying for TV. That’s right, you don’t have to pay a cable subscription to watch the same news every day or even catch an occasional (not live) game!

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Not everyone can afford the hassle of or live Hasselhoff on their TVs. It can be especially hard if you are a student living off exclusively on Ramen noodles. This app list is about some of the best apps to watch live TV on Android. However, just like life, not every free thing is going to be to your own liking.

Sure, you may get what you wanted but most of the time life will hand you a grenade when you just wanted a pomegranate. This app list is just like that, you’ll be watching quality live entertainment for sure, but you may not get what you wanted.

However, the best apps to watch live TV on Android allow you to browse through a ton of channels, so in a way you do get to choose what you watch. So let’s dive into the world of free live TV right now and see what tickles your fancy.

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    • A good interface that is easy to follow.
    • A wholesome number of channels are available for viewers.
    • Varied content will keep you entertained for a long while.
    • Fairly fast streaming service that doesn’t let you wait long.
    • Very low amount of “premium”/paid content to endure.


    • The video quality can be improved a little.
    • Some channels inexplicably run badly on any connection.
    • Some of the content is of questionable quality, but is good for a laugh.
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    LiveStream TV


    • You can use Chromecast to watch live TV on your big TV.
    • A lot of channels to choose from, around 300 are available in standard definition quality.
    • A lot of free channels are available that include BBC, BBC News, and the BBC one. It’s the definitive app to catch BBC live TV on Android.
    • This app goes well with tea, biscuits, and top hats.
    • A great collection of sports channels is also available on the app.


    • Ads can be a little bit annoying.
    • Some streams do not start at all.
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    • Over 200 channels are available for free on this app.
    • The interface is well-designed and easy to navigate through.
    • From news to sports and from current events to TV shows, all are available.
    • Standard definition quality is available throughout the free offerings.


    • On-demand titles are not completely free.
    • Some of the channels are in foreign languages. Which can be great for the speakers, not so much for the others.
    • The streaming can be a little jarring sometimes.
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Best Live TV App for Indian Content – YuppTV


If you’re in the market for Indian content then this app was made just for you. There are over 200 live TV channels available on this app and surprisingly almost all of them worked flawlessly. You can even get real-time TV discovery on this app and watch your daily soaps with ease. I tried to watch some of the soaps but the weird camera zoom-ins made me dizzy. The dresses were very colorful and eye-catching, though.

Even if you miss your show, there is a convenient catch-up TV mode available that allows you to stream already aired content just as easily. While it may not offer the full array of channels, there is a good variety on the app. frankly, there are so many different languages used in India that it isn’t quite impossible to accommodate every channel on a singular app.

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Best TV App for Korean Dramas – Viki TV


Looking to broaden your horizons with Korean TV dramas? Get this app on your smartphone as soon as possible. This is perhaps one of the best streaming apps available on Android, simply because of its quality. I have personally used this app for quite some time and watched a few series and it has performed remarkably throughout my usage. I highly recommend watching “The Heirs”, it’s a funny love story and you will have a great time binge watching it.

The content is almost always of HD quality and the audio is flawless. You even get English subtitles on 99% of the content so, you are also able to understand everything that goes on, on screen. Everything from the interface to the streaming is top notch and well-polished.

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Best TV App for Kids – Cartoon Network

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While the app is not available in every country, Cartoon Network remains one of the best places to watch cartoons. This is not exactly a live TV app because cartoons can’t be live, your kids will have a ton of fun watching the latest episodes on the app. Cartoon Network offers a surprisingly large amount of cartoon shows and presents them in a very kid friendly way. I certainly had a great time watching new episodes of Teen Titans Go (The old Teen Titans are still best, though), so I’m pretty sure the kids will also have fun playing with the game.

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Best TV App for Middle East News – Al Jazeera


Al Jazeera remains one of the most watched news channels around the globe. It is watched by 220 million households around the world and there is a good reason behind that. The channel provides accurate news 24/7 and is very unbiased. If you are tired of Fox news anchors putting in their own personal opinions in news, this is the news app you should get. If you are interested, you can also check out other news apps for Android to expand your horizons.

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Best Live News App for US – CNN


The CNN app has a lot going on for it, with live audio news and fast video clips being uploaded, the app has it all. Although it is not a fully live TV app for Android, it does come close with the video clips that accompany the news. If you are looking for live TV news, you can certainly check out one of the top apps on the list here. But if you seek a little more details about what’s happening, this is the app you should get.

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How to Watch Live TV on Android?

It’s simple, download one of these apps and you are ready to watch live TV on Android!

What is Android TV?

Android TV is a smart TV platform developed by our beloved tech giant, Google. Check the official page for Android TV? You will instantly know what that is all about.

Apple TV vs Android TV – Which is best for you?

To be perfectly honest and biased, I would chose Android TV over Apple’s overpriced and restricted box any day. But if you want some good comparisons, take a loot at Apple TV vs Android TV.

Best App to Watch Live Football on Android?

Streaming live football can be a bit tricky on Android, especially for free, but we already have listed some great ways to catch NFL games on Android.

Can I Get Live TV without Internet?

No, it is physically impossible to do that. Unless your smartphone comes with an inbuilt TV antenna. So please forget about getting live TV on your Android device without internet access.

How To Download Zee Bangla App?

It is not available on the Google Play Store for some reason. You will need to side load the APK and that is never recommended. I suggest that you try to avoid this app, just for the sake of security. I will keep an eye and report if Zee Bangla comes to the Google Play Store.


This concludes the apps to watch live TV on Android list. If you are not picky about what you watch and usually just want to see some news or light entertainment, these great apps to watch live TV on Android will keep you happy for a long while. Back when I first tested these apps, I was introduced to Korean Soaps.

Now after almost 2 years, I still have that app installed and I enjoy watching Korean TV shows live.  I hope that you will have a great time watching TV content on your Android devices. I certainly had a lot of fun watching documentaries and exploring new content. So grab that large bucket of fried chicken, get some cold beverages and start watching live TV on your Android device.

Just like always, if you have a better alternative or a suggestion, feel free to give us your feedback in the comments below. 

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Comments (47)

  1. ER on

    What do you not under stand about the word Live? These are all prerecorded apps that play prerecorded stuff. Live channels fox,abc,nbc,hbo etc

    • Dani on

      Dear ER,
      We have listed apps wherein you can watch live TV, movies, pre-recorded shows, etc. Some may not exactly show the live TV telecast, however the app will be useful to watch the TV shows, movies etc.
      Hope this helps and thanks for reading.

      Martin D

      • Amit on

        @Martin, can you also tag the exact ones that offer live tv vs the recorded programs?

  2. rafael on

    Lol, you forgot not only does it lets you watch your tv shows for free, you also have the option to download the videos and watch it anytime on your mobile phones. give it a try.

    • Dani on


      Thank you for notifying this to us.
      Its time for us to update this article.
      We are going to update soon.


  3. PaxD75 on

    Great list, top suggestions, strong overview of what each app does. Thanks for taking the time to review and share. Installed both LiveNow and Crackle – both are working and streaming beautifully!

  4. david on

    thanks toooo mmmmmmmmmmmuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh v

    for beautiful apps

  5. lucy on

    great post, I have been looking for this for a while and i just googled it and i found this blog, thanks for sharing such apps, now i can watch live Tv on my android

  6. ebrahim on


    Please put any app that have no need internet connection…..dvbt….
    i,m looking for those app that convert my tablet to digital tv without using tv tuner or internet….
    i mean recieving digital signal by wifi or bluetooth….


    • Dani on

      Seriously? Dude buy a TV already. No method exists to do this as of now. You can purchase a Chinese tab which does come with a TV antenna other than that he will need internet. Or you can stream content from his main PC to his tablet without internet but through WiFi network.

  7. Chander on

    Try android app World News Live 24 for live streaming of news by BBC World News, CNNI, euro news, eNCA, Aljazeera, Sky News and others. There is a need to develop an android app for which does extensive live streaming of sports

  8. M Frank on

    Thanks Dani for the helpful article but I’ve still some problem.

    I’m using Nokia Lumia 640 XL, and I want to know that how do I run those apps?

    Actually I love to see live TV, movies trailer , so can you help me???

  9. adampete on

    Thanks for the article! I Thnik that you should include hulu in this list. I love it especially because I can watch the latest Family Guy episodes 1 day after they air. btw, if you folks live outside USA like me, you can use UnoTelly or other similar tools to access Hulu, Crackle etc overseas.

    • Judy on

      Hi Adam,
      Thanks for your suggestion and your comment. I am sure other readers will also give Hulu a try with your positive feedback.

  10. maxx on

    how can i get mobdro to work by casting to t v it starts to play thru my chromecast then stops thanks

  11. Ora Exacta on

    I lose my time and come across information above yours so I said
    It is a must congratulate you for that idea website.

  12. joshua on

    good day all
    please is there any android app i can use watch urban trace and maybe other usa apps.

  13. Mustafa on

    Thanks for the information, watch indian tv channels on androind using yupptv application, i have been using the app from the past 6 months and having great fun

    • Judy on

      Hi Mustafa,
      You are most welcome and thanks for your suggestions. I am glad that it is working out for you. =-) Thanks for commenting!

  14. Emmanuel on

    The best app for watching live TV sports, news Movies and lots more is MOBDRO… search for the app

  15. Carolyn Toole on

    I personally use QuikrMovies.Com for downloading and watching movies, tv shows online, this website has nice user interface and no advertisements. Everybody should check this out, Thanks.

    • Judy on

      Hi Carolyn,
      Thanks for sharing what you use to watch movies. No ads? Wow, that´s great! How long have you been using it?. =-)

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